John McKeown
Goldman Sloan Nash & Haber LLP

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480 University Avenue, Suite 1600
Toronto, Canada , Ontario M5G 1V2, Canada
Phone: 416-597-3371
Areas of Practice
  • Intellectual Property
  • Litigation

Blocking Infringement at the Real and Virtual Border

The explosion of the Internet and the rapid development of online commerce encourage the sale of counterfeit goods. In the past the distribution of counterfeit goods was primarily through street vendors or discount outlets and…more
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Golf Ball Technology and a Declaration of Non-Infringement

In a recent dispute concerning golf ball technology the alleged infringer has responded by bringing an action for a declaration that its actions do not infringe the intellectual property in issue…more
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A Blow against Pirates on the Internet

A recent decision of the Federal Court of Appeal has interpreted the Copyright Act, in way that protects the rights of copyright owners on the Internet…more
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Drawing the Line Between Copyright and Industrial Design Protection

Where the line between art, which is protected by copyright, and industrial designs should be drawn is difficult to determine. A recent decision of the Supreme Court of the United States adds to the discussion…more
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The Effect of Copyright in Architectural Plans

A recent decision of the British Columbia Supreme Court deals with an architect’s right to seek payment from a purchaser of an apartment development constructed using the architect’s plans, after a foreclosure of the property…more
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Moral Rights and Charging Bulls!

The recent dispute involving the Charging Bull and the Fearless Girl sculptures raises interesting issues relating to the protection available to an author for infringement of moral rights…more
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The Surprising Impact of the Terms of the Google AdWords and AdSense Programs on a Claim of Infringement

A recent U.K. case dealt with a claim for trademark infringement relating to the use of domain name and the impact of the Google AdWords and AdSense programs on the claim as well jurisdictional issues…more
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The Federal Court Makes it Clear that the Commercial Circumvention of TPMs will not be Accepted

A recent decision of the Federal Court has enforced technical protection measures under the Copyright Act. This is the first decision to do so. http://bit.ly/2ovUpFd…more
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Taken Too Far? Clarifying a Word Mark Owner’s Right to Use the Trademark in Any Form

A recent decision of the Federal Court of Appeal has further clarified the law concerning the use of a design element in a trademark…more
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Traps for the Unwary - Protecting Product Shape and Appearance

A recent decision of the Federal Court considered the rights associated with a line of playground structures…more
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Close Enough! Liability for Passing-off by an Implied Representation

A recent UK case deals with a claim for passing-off that was advanced by a trade association…more
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Anonymous Wi-Fi Services and Copyright Infringement

A recent decision of the EU’s highest court has confirmed that a Wi-Fi service provider is not responsible for copyright infringement that took place using the Wi-Fi services provided by them. http://bit.ly/2hrHDVd…more
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Confusing Times

A recent decision of the Federal Court found that use of the business name “Time Development Group” infringed a registration of the trademark TIMES GROUP CORPORATION. http://www.gsnh.com/confusing-times/…more
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The Impact of a Design in a Trademark Dispute Revisited

In our newsletter article of March 2015 we discussed a decision of the Federal Court which had given little weight to the use of a design element consisting of an oval shaded background of a trademark…more
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Passing Off and Product Shape

A recent U.K. decision provides a review of the law relating to a claim for passing-off based on the shape of a product…more
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